UC Dissertation-Year Fellowship

UC Berkeley provides UC Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 2017 – 2018 opportunities for the student who have the doctoral candidacy and completed two dissertation chapters or the equivalent, as confirmed by dissertation chair. UC Berkeley is committed to recognizing and rewarding student’s contributions to diversifying the academy during their graduate careers and beyond. The purpose of the program is to provide funding to diverse doctoral students that allow them to prioritize and focus on completing the dissertation. Fellows will receive a $20,500 stipend and $3,000 bonus for early dissertation filing.

The University of California was founded in 1868, born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would “contribute even more than California’s gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations.”


This scholarship program is applicable for:

  • The student must have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. A student may be undocumented, but AB540-eligible.
  • The student must have advanced to doctoral candidacy and completed two dissertation chapters or the equivalent, as confirmed by dissertation chair.
  • The student must be making adequate progress towards a degree, as certified by their dissertation chair.
  • The student must be in an academic program. Professional programs are not eligible

How to Apply:

To apply for the 2017-2018 UC Dissertation-Year Fellowship, the application has a two-step process which includes a nomination by the student’s department:

  • Inquire with your department regarding its internal competition for attaining a nomination.
  • If you are selected by your department as a nominee, submit an application through Tango (http://tango.berkeley.edu)

Supporting Documents:

Applicants must attach the following documents with their application:

  • From Student Nominee (to be submitted through Tango)
    • Personal Statement which addresses how the nominee’s background, including financial need, fits within the criteria
    • One page summary of the dissertation written in non-technical language
    • Detailed outline of the dissertation (not to exceed four pages)
    • Unofficial graduate transcript(s)
  • From Department (to be submitted via e-mail to Graduate Division)
    • A letter from the Department Chair supporting the nomination and confirming the nominee’s eligibility.
  • The letter should address how the nominee meets the selection criteria.
  • This letter must also be signed by the department’s Equity Adviser.
    • A letter from the nominee’s adviser describing the dissertation project and its importance, and attest.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

The fellow who will win receives a $20,500 stipend, payment of in-state fees, travel allowance and $3,000 bonus for early dissertation filing.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline for all materials is due on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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Contact Information:

If you have any question, contact Michael Sacramento by phone at (510) 642-7739 or email at msacram-at-berkeley.edu.

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